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Private equity is targeting sports. Now fans and players are pushing back

Private equity is targeting sports. Now fans and players are pushing back

In New Zealand, rugby isn’t just a sport. It’s a national obsession, a major cultural force and a huge source of pride. So news that Silver Lake, a private equity firm based in California, is looking to buy 12.5% of the revenue generated by the All Blacks, the fearsome national team that’s dominated the global…MORE

Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson’s anti-vaccine misinformation

Fact-checking Sen. Ron Johnson’s anti-vaccine misinformation

Under the guise of “just asking the questions,” Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin spread anti-vaccine misinformation on a right-wing radio show Thursday, questioning why efforts were being made to vaccinate the general US population, especially young people and those who had previously been infected with Covid-19. Johnson, who tested positive for coronavirus last fall,…MORE

Here’s what’s known about the coronavirus variants

Here’s what’s known about the coronavirus variants

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week it had designated a coronavirus variant first seen in India as a “variant of interest,” adding it to the growing collection of viral variants it’s keeping an eye on. Vaccine makers are so worried about the chance new variants will escape the protection offered…MORE

Tentative bipartisan agreement reached on some key issues in policing overhaul

Tentative bipartisan agreement reached on some key issues in policing overhaul

A bipartisan group of lawmakers working on legislative efforts to overhaul policing appear to be nearing an agreement to set federal standards for no-knock warrants, ban chokeholds except in life-threatening situations and place limits on equipment the Defense Department can send to state and local police departments, according to a source familiar with the discussions.…MORE

The week in 14 headlines

This week, the Republican Party’s rift broke wide open as Rep. Liz Cheney’s refusal to acquiesce to former President Trump imperiled not only her spot in House leadership but also her congressional seat from Wyoming.  Monday Behind-the-scenes efforts on bipartisan infrastructure bill pick up steam as Democrats more openly weigh splitting up package Cheney calls…MORE